Toyota goes Back to the Future with Tacoma and Mirai

As any good movie and tech fan knows, October 21, 2015 is (or was, depending on your timezone) Back to the Future day, the very date that was used as "the future" in BTTF II. And many companies couldn't let the day slip by without capitalizing on its marketing potential. Toyota made a particularly big deal of the event, revealing a specially equipped Mirai with DeLorean-like gullwing doors and a movie-inspired Tacoma pickup.
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Star Wars spaceship soars above other sci-fi film treasures to yield record $450,000 at auction

When you see some of entertainment's most iconic vehicles go up for auction, such as a "General Lee" 1969 Dodge Charger from the Dukes of Hazzard, or Fonzie's 1949 Triumph Trophy from Happy Days, it might come as some surprise that a small model of a spaceship outstripped them all. Well, until you consider the devotion of a true Star Wars fan that is. A filming miniature of the Blockade Runner, the first flying ship to appear in 1977's Episode IV - A New Hope sold for US$450,000 at Profiles in History auction over the weekend, with a hoard of other Hollywood gems not all that far behind.Read More


More famous cars and bikes up for auction

Several culturally significant cars and motorcycles from the sixties and seventies are going to auction in the near future: Janis Joplin's psychedelic Porsche 356, Steve’s 1958 Chevrolet Impala from American Graffiti, "Black Beauty" from The Green Hornet, Evel Knievel's Harley-Davidson Stratocycle, the Triumph motorcycle ridden by the Fonz in the TV sitcom Happy Days, and Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s Triumph "Sunset Tripper" from The Song Remains The Same.Read More

Home Entertainment

IMAX and TCL team up for first home IMAX Private Theater "Palais" system

Back in 2013, plans were announced to bring the IMAX experience into homes with IMAX Private Theater. Now the first in-home IMAX system developed through a joint venture with TCL has been unveiled in China. But don't go changing the plans for your rumpus room just yet, as you need to qualify just to get a look at the showroom where the luxury system is being demonstrated.Read More

Good Thinking

Apps help deaf cinema-goers hear movies

For people with limited hearing, understanding movies or plays can be challenging – particularly if they don't own a hearing aid. That's why engineers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technolgy have developed a system that streams audio from the stage or screen to the user's earphone-equipped smartphone.Read More


Disney tech may lead to better dubbing of foreign films

Here's something you might not know about foreign-language films ... when they're dubbed to English, the editors don't necessarily just go with the most literal translation. Instead, they observe the actors' lip movements, then choose English dialogue that at least somewhat matches up with those. Now, a team from Disney Research Pittsburgh and the University of East Anglia has developed a system that does so automatically, and that offers a wider range of suggested alternate phrases.Read More


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